Don Banks of Sports Illustrated talked to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at the NFL owners meeting this week, and got Carroll’s take on a wide range of subjects. And if you had any lingering doubts on whether or not Carroll was in charge of the football side of things for Seattle, Banks clears that up here.
I don't yet know if Carroll will be the next ex-collegiate superstar coach to enter the league with great fanfare and leave a relative failure, but I got the sense he has a much better handle on how he wants to approach this NFL head coaching stuff now than he did during stints with the Jets (1994) and Pats (1997-99).
For starters, while he sings the praises of new Seahawks general manager John Schneider and says he had no interest in being his own general manager, he also believes strongly that Seattle set up a management structure that allows him the same "unusual autonomy" he enjoyed at USC.
"Really, it's structured where I get to do whatever I want to do," Carroll said. "And if it doesn't work, it's gonna be on me. I would never be in the NFL if it wasn't for the Seattle situation. I wouldn't have come back to the league in any other way, because I couldn't foresee positioning myself [otherwise]."
San Diego Union Tribune columnist Nick Canepa thinks Seattle got taken to the cleaners by the Chargers on the Charlie Whitehurst deal.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network provides a run down on all of the quarterback movement in the NFL and the possible deals that could still be out there.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay debate the top storylines in this year’s drat in the video below.
This Sporting News story debates Stanford running back Toby Gerhart’s future role in the NFL. I think Gerhart would be a good fit in Seattle’s zone blocking scheme.
Is veteran cornerback Ty Law a good fit in Seattle? Apparently Pete Carroll thinks so.